Please help me configure my Time Machine USB drive

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andrzej bialuski Senior Member • Posts: 2,705
Please help me configure my Time Machine USB drive

I am a photographer and an owner of a small business.

I keep all my photo files and my business files on separate USB drives.
I also have a music collection on another USB drive.

So, I just decided to buy a large single 8TB Seagate Backup Plus HD, which I plan to use exclusively for backup of the entire Imac and the connected individual USB drives. I will use Time Machine to do automatic backups.

My question is how to configure the Backup Drive.
Should I leave it as one large volume, or configure it to have several smaller volumes, each of them corresponding with the individual external USB drives??

I should note that the individual drives have a certain size today, but in the future might outgrow its capacity, forcing me to use larger new drives for same group of file types (Business, Photo and Music).

At this point I may have only 5TB of external storage drives total.

Imac 2013 with 3 external USB drives and 1TB internal Fusion HD.

According to the instruction booklet, if used as a Time Machine drive, the Seagate needs to be configured for a Mac by downloading their Paragon Mac Driver.

At this point when I connect the drive to my Imac, it does mount and shows Start Here Mac App and Start Here Win App.
So far I have not yet done any changes or downloaded the Paragon Driver..

Any thoughts?

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